What is “the cloud”? No, it is not the fluffy white thing up in the sky, and it is not a physical object either. The cloud refers to the sharing of resources, software and information, allowing information to be stored on virtual servers and accessible via the internet. These servers are designed to manage data, run applications and deliver content or a service. Examples of cloud services include Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Netflix, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. The advantage of using a cloud service is that you can access and edit information on your device anywhere in the world since it is not stored on your hard drive. Although most cloud storage systems encode each user’s data with a specific encryption key, cloud data security has been an increasing concern. Here are some cyber security tips on how to keep your data safe on the cloud.
Follow our nine simple tips to keep your data secure on the cloud at all time.
1. Encrypt your file before uploading to the cloud
Add a password to protect your file when uploading to the cloud. Only those with the password will be able to see your file.
2. Choose passwords wisely
You should always create complex passwords and never use the same password for more than one account/service as 90% of passwords can be hacked within seconds. We will talk more about this topic in another blog post to come.
3. Avoid uploading sensitive information
If possible, try to avoid uploading sensitive information in the cloud to eliminate third party access to your private data.
4. Set up your privacy settings
Make sure you are not sharing private information via the apps you connect to your service provider.
5. Use Two Factor Authentication.
Although it is often painful, using a second password to gain access to the cloud, provides an additional layer of security.
6. Use strong anti-malware programs
7. Keep your systems up to date
Install updates on your operating systems as this fixes bugs that leave your system at risk and helps protect against the most recently discovered cloud security threats.
8. Secure your wireless network
Secure your wireless network at home and at work so unauthorised users cannot access your personal information through your wireless network.
9. Try to avoid public wi-fi
Use public Wi-Fi sparingly to minimize third party access to your devices.
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